Inspirational Life Quotes for
Taking Action

Taking the first step toward a goal is often the hardest part.

The inspirational life quotes you’ll find below are designed to encourage you to step out of the comfort zone of contemplation and wishing and into the boldness of action.

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“Whatever you can do or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe

“We cannot become what we need to be…by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree

“To do nothing is to be nothing.” – Nathaniel Howe

“Begin where you are but don’t stay where you are.” – Unknown

“It is easier to agree to do better tomorrow than to do your best today.” – Unknown

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Standing is harder than moving.” – Moshe Feldenkrais

“Winning is beginning. And just by beginning, your game is half won.” – Denis Waitley

“The secret of action is to begin.” - Unknown

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it.” – Jonathan Winters

“Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.” - Richard Paul Evans

“Winning starts with beginning.” – Anonymous

“An expert at anything was once a beginner.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You can’t cross a sea by merely staring into the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” – Eugene Ware

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing is the wrong thing; and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Terry Orlick, Ph.D.

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw

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“At any moment, I could start being a better person…but which moment should I choose?” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.” – Michael Hanson

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Dreams come true when desire transforms into concrete actions.” – Napoleon Hill

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” – Orison Swett Marden

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

“There is little you can learn from doing nothing.” - Unknown

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